Fall Protection in Construction heads the list of OSHA’s ‘top 10’ most cited violations

Employers advised to use list as a starting point for workplace safety programs

Posted October 20, 2016

Every year in October, OSHA provides a first look at its list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health standards. The Agency gathers the data from approximately 32,000 workplace inspections conducted by OSHA staff throughout the year. On October 18, Andy Levinson, OSHA Directorate of Standards and Guidance, announced the federal preliminary “top 10” list during the National Safety Council’s Congress and Expo in Anaheim, California.

OSHA advises employers to use the list as a “starting point” for their workplace safety programs, as it rarely changes from year to year. For example, 2016 marks the sixth consecutive year that Fall Protection in Construction heads the list.

OSHA’s preliminary top 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for fiscal year 2016:

 

Standard

CFR Section

Number of citations

1.

Fall Protection (Construction)

1926.501

6,929

2.

Hazard Communication

1910.1200

5,677

3.

Scaffolding (Construction)

1926.451

3,906

4.

Respiratory Protection

1910.134

3,585

5.

Lockout/Tagout

1910.147

3,414

6.

Powered Industrial Trucks

1910.178

2,860

7.

Ladders (Construction)

1926.1053

2,639

8.

Machine Guarding

1910.212

2,451

9.

Electrical — Wiring Methods

1910.305

1,940

10.

Electrical — General Requirements

1910.303

1,704

This article was written by Lisa Neuberger of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.


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